West of Memphis

West of Memphis

DVD - 2013
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Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2013]
Branch Call Number: 364.15230976794 Wes
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (147 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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kerkrobe
Jan 10, 2016

Makes one seriously consider giving too much of the benefit of the doubt to the judiciary, law enforcement, and their experts. You almost have to wonder if the system is so expensive, it is almost the wrong vehicle to seek justice for the majority of people ... because its self correcting mechanism cannot bear the costs of being wrong ... and being composed of human frailties ... it will be wrong sometimes!

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StarGladiator
May 07, 2015

A fantastic documentary, and disturbing on multiple levels. Am in full agreement with funky_d commenter below. This is a must see because it is so very common in America - - primarily centering on people of color and the poor, or lower socioeconomic groups! So many police around the country are up on manslaughter charges at the moment, but only a slight number when the actual number of police, prosecutors and judges who should be standing trial for knowing miscarriages of justic is enormous! [One single crooked judge alone, in Pennsylvania, had 4,000 convictions overturned - - - just Google // Kids for Cash \ \.]

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funky_d
May 07, 2015

After watching HBO's three Paradise Lost documentaries on this case, I was curious what West of Memphis would provide. I finished reading Life After Death by Damien Echols and got more personal details about him. The HBO docs are insightful and I'm glad HBO took an interest because the viewer can clearly see the miscarriage of justice from the start.

I'm surprised other commenters believe the West Memphis Three are guilty. No physical evidence, no DNA evidence--not even a trace. You have an admission of guilt from a coerced teenager with a low IQ. To make it all worse, in West of Memphis, you actually learn who the real killer likely is. AND, no one in law enforcement cares to right the wrong. NO ONE. Shameful!

It's a hard documentary to watch. So many lives destroyed.

See first the HBO documentaries. You'll see how this all went down and how these three were tried by the media and cops before a trial.

Also, the Bonus content on this CD is enough for another doc. All disturbing and heart-wrenching that these teens became pawns in a terrible situation.

An important documentary.

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faylane
Apr 21, 2015

No, those 3 were rightfully charged. The fact that they were released, is the real failure here. Look into this a bit deeper.

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22950006357453
Jul 28, 2014

vey biased story hell bent on exonerating these 3 no matter who they have to implicate.

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toby65
Feb 28, 2014

Although I have no doubt of the innocence of the "West Memphis 3", I do think the demonization of the Arkansas justice system seemed a bit overdone here.
Surely it can't have been as black and white as this film makes out?

But overall a good documentary that needed to be made. This case has been high profile for a long time.

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enemyofthestate
Nov 25, 2013

There Is Evidence To Suggest That The Murders At Robin Hood Hills Were Actually Committed By Terry Hobbs And Two Of His Close Friends Who Were Seen Smoking Pot&Drinking By One Of The Murdered 8 Yr Old Boys
And Suspicion Was Cast Upon Jason Baldwin And Damien Echols In Particular Due To The Fact That They Wore Black Clothes And Listened To Heavy Metal Music In A Bible Thumping Area Of The United States Which Was A Predominantely Christian&Politically Conservative Community And The Murders Sparked A Resultant Satanic Panic In West Memphis Arkansas And Furthermore There Is A Co-erced Confession From Jessie Misskelley Jr Which Was The Result Of 12 Hours Of Interrogation By The Incompetent West Memphis Police Department Which Didn't Realize That Misskelley Had An Overall I.Q Of 72-73

voisjoe1 Oct 19, 2013

“West of Memphis” is one of the best criminal documentaries that I have ever seen and is on a par with “The Thin Blue Line.” There are a lot of relatively poor people who have been convicted of murder that have since been found to be innocent. Examples are Randall Adams and Rolando Cruz, whose prosecutors resisted the admittance of new evidence, no matter how convincing it is that the convicted are truly innocent. In this Memphis case, the most likely guilty person is walking around today because the government does not want to admit their shoddy evidence and procedures, probably for fear that they, the government, will be sued for millions of dollars. Or maybe it is their authoritarian personality which gives them the impulse to think they are always correct in their convictions.

aaa5756 Oct 07, 2013

A very well done documentary. This movie was interesting, informative, and worse seeing!! I recommend this movie for all to see. Well worth the price of admission to any theater.

janedough66 Oct 05, 2013

I've followed this story since the original 3 part "Lost in Paradise" series was aired on HBO in the early 80's. I still have the series recorded on VHS. This movie was incredibly difficult to watch. Maybe, in part, because I have an 8 yr old son now. Be aware that the movie shows lots of photos and raw footage of the murdered boys. I found that VERY disturbing. The original 3 part series never showed this type of thing. The movie shows police and prosecutor corruption at its best. NOT these men's finest hour. It is as obvious as the nose on your face how innocent these boys really were. Although I can better understand why, it is fully explained, the boys should have NEVER admitted guilt in the beginning. That killed them. It is VERY clear who the REAL murderer of these 3 beautiful little boys is by the end of the movie. Shocking to say the least! I cried a lot during this doc and never want to see it again. However, I am happy to learn what I learned about the Memphis 3 and have closure finally. How anyone could do what this psycho, pathological liar, sociopath freak did to these innocent 8 r old boys is so evil and deranged that I had to fast forward some of the footage. I just could not, and did not want to, see that. This man deserves to die a screaming death and rot in hell for eternity. He ruined SO many lives. It is horrific in parts to watch and very frustrating, but incredibly interesting as well.

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aaa5756 Oct 07, 2013

“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” –James Madison

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“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill

aaa5756 Oct 07, 2013

“The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced.” -Frank Zappa

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